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All ceramic items below are for sale. please contact me for payment details 

Monday, August 22, 2011

21 Raku Bowl

Earthenware cobolt -gold  lustre, Raku bowl made with shapinsay clay aprox 8-9 inches across £34.00


20 Raku Bowl


Earthenware cobalt-gold lustre, Raku bowl made with shapinsay clay aprox 4 inches across £12.00

19 Raku Bowl

Earthenware cobolt lustre,  Raku bowl made with shapinsay clay aprox 4 inches across £12.00

18 Raku Bowl


Raku Bowl aprox 5 inches across    £18.00

17 Raku Bowl

Raku Bowl   aprox 5 inches across 18.00

16 Raku Bowl

Raku bowl dark turquoise  aprox 5 inches across £18.00

13 Tea pot and bowl

Raku Tea pot and bowl tea pot aprox 9-11 inches £53.00

14 Raku tea pot

Raku tea pot Light turquoise aprox 10 -11 inches tall £36.00

cobalt lustre bottle Shapinsay clay 15

15 Shapinsay clay  bottle aprox -6 inches tall  £19.00

Crystal Bottle 11

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Crystal Bottle 10

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Crystal Bottle 9

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Crystal Bottle 8

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £34.00

Crystal Bottle 7

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Crystal Bottle 6

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Crystal Bottle 5

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Crystal Bottle 4

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Crystal Bottle 3

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £34.00

Crystal Bottle 2

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £34.00

Crystal Bottle 1

Crystal bottle aprox 4-5 inches tall £37.00

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nigel lambert with his woodfired kiln

Nigel Lambert, (in photo) will be joining us this year for what looks like another exiting pottery weekend camp here in Orkney. with Nigel, firing earthenware in a 30cu ft wood-gas kiln,using some of the locally dug  clay using his unique glazing technique's, Nigel, will also be demonstrating throwing, and hand building, (not to be missed) along with a short talk and slide show about his current work,
There will also be an opportunity to purchase some of his ceramic pieces.

Do come and join us, This could be an ideal opportunity to make it into a holiday and see some of the many magical islands and beautiful scenic landscapes of Orkney,  with dramatic breathtaking skies. excellent  fishing lochs,and an abundance of local arts and crafts.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hello everyone, I thought I would give a quick update regarding the Kilns, Clay Fire and Fun event in July. I ‘m up at Dave’s place at the moment to help get some of the things sorted / planned .

I arrived yesterday to lovely sunshine. Everyone I spoke to told me it would be awful weather but no, this is Orkney and weather wise it’s always unpredictable.

We spent yesterday chopping wood for the wood firings. Dave, Janet and I have spent hours trying to come up with something for everyone and we think we have done it !

It’s all still a bit fluid at the moment but today we have been constructing a small fast fire kiln made with ceramic fibre. It took about an hour to make and we intend to try it out tonight. We aim to do a salt glaze firing in half an hour ! The fibre doesn’t like salt so we do expect some disagreement but it will be fun – I think it’s great pushing the boundaries.

Dave is well on in the construction of the wood fired kiln, it looks really impressive even now.

If anyone out there is thinking of coming and they want to try something out let us know as soon as possible and we will see what we can do.

How about this for the Friday evening, THE WRIGLEY SISTERS are performing. They are good, very good, they have performed all over the world, check them out on the net.

Tomorrow we are digging the pit for the (guess what) pit firing! Chopping some more wood will also be on the menu !

We are hoping to see some of the lovely people who attended last year. It was such a great atmosphere and everyone got involved…great!

We can’t guarantee the weather but we can guarantee that the events on offer will be even more fun than last year. The food won’t be any better ‘cause you can’t improve on perfection…bring it on!

P S  a mutual friend Lesley  is offering a special rate for B&B at the Island's Retreat. She can accommodate 7 - 8 people for £20 per night per person (3 or more nights ...). Visit Orkney Retreat for details.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Last Years Camp Shapinsay

Dave , Janet and myself, are in the process of organising/planning the second camp for 2011. We hope to build on last years event and make it even better !
Last years camp was a great learning experience and we learned so much.
Looking back, I think we tried to do too much. We built kilns i.e. a kiln made of wine bottles which was really interesting, particularly when the firelight shone through the bottles.I wouldn't recommend it as a reliable way of firing pots but on a summers evening, it only added to the great atmosphere.
We built a simple updraught kiln, similar to one I made 30 years ago, which had inspired me to start potting.
The bank kiln was a great collective project. It was heart warming to see everyone 'mucking in.'
Those who were there, will remember the prehistoric firing, which reminded us of how timeless pottery is - what would archeology do without us ?
On the last day, we really got into the raku which proved really popular. It's so immediate and dramatic.
I wish we had done more. We hope to address this at the next camp by doing Raku throughout the weekend ...can't wait !
We had several wheels on the go, it was great to be reminded of how exciting throwing a pot is for first timers. The hand building produced some really creative pieces and it was good to see everyone interacting.
I would make a special mention of the people who attended the Camp...they were marvellous!
It was a pleasure to share the warm experience with them.
I would also mention the food provided by us and prepared by one of the islander’s, it only added to what for me was a truly warm fulfilling experience. See you next time !